OSU Today

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

Record OSU grants lead to new startup companies (KVAL)
Oregon State University is celebrating a record year for research grants and funding. Grants for OSU last year topped $250,000.The grants are an all-time record for the Corvallis campus.

OSU researchers hit $252M in funding (Portland Business Journal)
Oregon State University officials said Monday its researchers landed more than $252 million in external funding during the 2008-09 school year. (See also Gazette-Times)

OSU Announces Licensing Agreement With Intel (OPB)

Oregon State University officials say the campus received more than a quarter of a billion dollars in outside research dollars last year. Rob Manning has more.

Wilberger’s remains recovered; Courtney pleads guilty to murder

Five years later, the search for Brooke Wilberger has finally come to an end.

Capturing the wild and weird in Oregon (Gazette-Times)
John Larison’s first novel, “Northwest of Normal,” captures some of the best fish stories in western Oregon. While he was writing the book, the Oregon State University English instructor drew on his experiences working as a fly-fishing guide on the McKenzie River. He was living in the Eugene area, which he said is filled with larger-than-life characters.

Pet Talk: Japanese students get look at U.S. animal care (Oregonian)
Lauren McCall said she’d always bragged to Tsukimi Washizu, a professor at Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University in Tokyo, about the humane society’s relationship with Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Tiny new fly could devastate spring Willamette Valley fruit crops (KGW)
State officials, entomologists and farmers have far more questions than answers, Helmuth Rogg said. “We’re working with OSU (Oregon State University), the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Corvallis and we’re researching literature and checking with other countries to see if we can do something about it,” Rogg said.

Zinc deficiencies a global concern (Mail Tribune)
Other vitamins and nutrients may get more headlines, but experts say as many as two billion people around the world have diets deficient in zinc — and studies at Oregon State University and elsewhere are raising concerns about the health implications this holds for infectious disease, immune function, DNA damage and cancer.

Heartland, OSU partner for adoption specials
(Democrat Herald)

If you go to Heartland Humane Society, 398 S.W. Twin Oaks Circle, during the week of Sept. 22-27 wearing Oregon State University logo attire – or even orange – you will get 25 percent off the adoption fee. The same goes if you are an OSU student or alumnus, and forget to wear orange.

Growing greener acres (Oregonian)
There’s a rural revival in Corvallis at Afton Field Farm, run by Tyler Jones, an Oregon State University graduate who apprenticed with Salatin during the 2002-03 school year.

OSU lectures to explore translation (Democrat Herald)
The first lecture in the 2009-10 Horning Lecture Series at Oregon State University will be given by David Luft, the Horning Professor in the Humanities at OSU, on Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Memorial Union Journey Room.

Consumers Set Price Expectations Based on Design of Wine Bottles (Western Farmer-Stockman)

A new study in the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice shows that consumers who highly value design set price expectations based on the package design of the wine bottle. The Journal article, co-authored by Kevin Malkewitz, an Oregon State University assistant professor of marketing, is one of a few looking at the way consumers set price expectations based on package design.

Upcoming Events

NEW! A special session of the Faculty Senate will be held Sept. 29 – 3 to 5 p.m., in the OSU  Theater (Withycombe Hall) to address the current budget situation. The session is designed to have up-to-date information on: Projected budget situation; the university’s approach and proposed decisions to address shortfalls; and  an open discussion with OSU’s leadership regarding the university’s approach to address shortfalls. This session is open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

NEW! The OSUsed Store is having a back to school special Sept. 23 only.  Special Hours 12:30 – 4:30 pm. Ten percent off everything except spot bids. Located at 644 SW 13th St.

NEW! On Sept. 24, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., the College of Engineering, in conjunction with Recreational Sports, will be holding two “engineering exercises for all OSU’s 1,000 incoming freshmen in the Memorial Union Quad. The OSU Challenge Course and Recreational Sports is providing a portable teambuilding experience to help students make connectiosn with their peers through problem solving initiatives.

NEW! Linus Pauling’s legacy, which now includes the Linus Pauling Institute and its vital research on micronutrients and disease prevention, continues on Sept. 25 when OSU will celebrate the commencement of construction of its new Linus Pauling  Science Center. The public event will begin at 4 p.m. at the construction site.

Transit & Parking Services will be closed Sept 23 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity is pleased to announce its 2009-10 workshop series, which kicks off Oct. 8 with a workshop on retaining a diverse workforce. The workshop will be held at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library’s public meeting room from 3 to 5 p.m. The Linn-Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity is a consortium of local employers who are dedicated to celebrating diversity in our communities and providing opportunities for employers to learn more about how they can support differences in the workplace. Because OSU is a partner, all faculty, staff and student employees may attend the workshops free of charge. To register or request accommodation: katrina.HOPKINS@Co.Benton.OR.US Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu

Catholic Campus Ministry is hosting an OSU faculty luncheon on Oct. 1 from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. at the Newman Center, 2127 N.W. Monroe Ave. The Newman Center will provide snacks and drinks, bring your own lunch. The goal is to build bridges between the campus ministry and OSU faculty. RSVP to illorente@socsj.org or call 541-752-6818.

Discover “Wellness Skills to Make College Fun!” Learn different ways to manage your stress and benefit from what science is confirming about the paths to happiness. Discover how to enhance pleasurable experience and ways to cultivate a deep happiness. A session will be held Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to noon on the fifth floor of Snell Hall.

Been running around since you got back to college? Come restore your soul and “Rejuvenate Your Spirit.” Learn ways to enhance your life-school/work balance, get a massage, listen to soothing music, and eat delicious snacks. You can also get a tour of the Mind Spa: a unique sanctuary where you can soothe your mind, body, and spirit and relax in a full body massage chair. The event takes place Sept. 30 from 2 to 6 p.m. on the fifth floor of Snell Hall.

OSU’s HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Program, sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), will hold its 11th annual symposium beginning Sept. 24 at 8 a.m. in ALS 4001 and continuing through Sept. 25. The event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

On Friday, Sept. 25, Central Web Services is offering overview presentations of Drupal 6 and Media Manager for the OSU community.  The “What’s New With Drupal 6″ presentation is at 9 a.m. and the “Introduction to Media Manager” presentation is at 10:30 a.m. Both presentations will be in the Willamette West Seminar Room, Valley Library, 3rd Floor.  See all training courses offered by CWS at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=14

The first lecture in the 2009–10 Horning Lecture Series, “Translation: Crossing borders, crossing cultures,” will be given by David Luft, Horning Professor in the Humanities at Oregon State University, on Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room.

Three panelists who go by the title, “Interfaith Amigos,” will address the prospects for success of Pres. Obama’s new beginning initiative from Christian, Islamic, Jewish and interfaith perspectives. The “Interfaith Amigos,” Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don MacKenzie, and Shaikh Jamal Rahman, will hold a panel discussion on Oct. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. at Oregon State University. The free public event will be held at Gilfillan Auditorium, 2601 S.W. Orchard Ave. The event is part of the Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture lecture series at Oregon State.

Get a head start on Fall term and “Meet Your Library” on Sept. 23 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Libraries’ Autzen Classroom.  This event is designed to introduce faculty, students and staff to the suite of resources and services offered by OSU Libraries. Staff from several departments will also be available to answer your questions.  Register here:  http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656 For more information contact Uta Hussong-Christian at uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu

Registration for the “Where It’s At: Beaver Community Fair” on Friday, Oct 2 from noon to 4 p.m. is now open. Annually, this event draws together 2000+ Beaver Community members to celebrate the start of another academic year. Registration for University Departments & Student Clubs and Organizations is free and available at:  http://www.chamberorganizer.com/members/evr/reg_event.php?orgcode=CBCC&evid=3263641 For more information, contact Danté Holloway at dante.holloway@oregonstate.edu

PERS Tier 1 and Tier 2 members – how does PERS work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS, offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next opportunity is noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 23 in the MU in Allworth Conference Room 207. Reserve a spot at 541-714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. Investment products and services offered through CUSO Financial Services, LP are not NCUA/NCUSIF or federally insured, not Credit Union guaranteed and may lose value.

All new Oregon State University employees are invited to a welcome breakfast and conversation about being a part of the OSU community on University Day, Sept. 24 from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Reser Stadium Loge. This event is hosted by Provost Sabah Randhawa, and will include President Ed Ray and other OSU colleagues. RSVP no later than Sept. 18: Kourtney.goya@oregonstate.edu. If you have questions regarding this event, email gigi.bruce@oregonstate.edu.

OPSRP members, how does OPSRP work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS, offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next opportunity is 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 23 in the MU in Allworth Conference Room 207. Reserve a spot at 541-714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. Investment products and services offered through CUSO Financial Services, LP are not NCUA/NCUSIF or federally insured, not Credit Union guaranteed and may lose value.

For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/

News for Employees

Avoid the traffic congestion and the search for a parking place…ride the bus, your transportation alternative.  The Corvallis Transit System will provide free bus rides during this weekend’s Fall Festival.  CTS buses will run their regular routes; hours of operation are as follows: Saturday – Regular Saturday hours, Sunday – 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.  Visit the CTS web site at www.corvallistransit.com.

Transit & Parking Services is now selling annual and term parking permits.  The current permit is valid through Sept. 30.  The office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   The location is Adams Hall, 606 S.W. 15th St. Website for the permit forms is located at http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/transit_pkg/permit_pkg.html

Join in on the fun!  Focus on your fitness in the company of other faculty and staff (Faculty/Staff/GTA’s, and retirees qualify) Faculty/Staff Fitness registration has begun for fall classes and locker rentals. See the fall schedule at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/nes/faculty-staff-fitness-fsf-program/  Click on “Fall 2009 Activity Schedule”.  The Faculty/Staff Fitness Office, located in Langton 123, is open M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 737-3222 for questions or inquiries.

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation and Oregon State University’s Department of Public Health have announced the establishment of a new doctoral fellowship program: “PhD Fellowship for Future Safety Educators.” ASSE says the program is designed to support and encourage future occupational safety and health educators and more evidence-based research in the economic and financial analysis of safety-related programs and interventions.” Link to complete news release: http://ohsonline.com/articles/2009/09/06/asse-foundation-has-new-doctoral-fellowship.aspx

Seed Certification is seeking a Software Designer/Engineer. This is a full-time, professional position.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Details can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting number is 0004683.  The position closes Sept. 25.

Recreational Sports fall sales have begun for membership, classes & lockers. See the fall schedule at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports click on “Term Schedule”. Payroll deduction is available to OSU faculty & staff who purchase a 9-month or annual membership between Sept. 8 and Nov. 6.  Download the form at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/membership-and-fees or pick one up at the Recreation Services desk. This week, the Recreation Services desk is open M-W, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and R-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Research Office is requesting nominations for the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences for 2010. Guidance for preparation of nominations to the Research Office and full details for the Pew Scholars Program may be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/pew_biosci.html. Nominations should be submitted electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu by Sept. 25. For more information call 541-737-8390.

Traffic and Maintenance

Waldo Hall: Due to 4th floor renovation in Waldo Hall, four service parking spaces in the surrounding parking lot will be temporarily shutdown.  These are the two service vehicle spaces on the northwest side of the building, and the two service vehicle spaces on the southwest side of the building. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 21 should end by 5 p.m., Dec. 18.

Memorial Place: Due to the placement of a temporary building on the east side of Plageman Student Health Center, Memorial Place will be temporarily closed between Campus Way & Monroe Ave.  This shutdown will also affect the bike path and service vehicle parking spaces in this area.  Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 23 and will end by 5 p.m.

Nash Hall: During the morning of Sept. 23, the Corvallis Fire Department will be on-site conducting fire extinguisher training.  Smoke will be present for the duration of this training. The shutdown will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 23 and should end by noon.

26th Street: Today, 26th Street between Jefferson and Campus Way will be closed starting at 3 p.m. for the New Student Picnic taking place in the Memorial Union Quad.  Emergency vehicles will have access as needed during this time. Also, there will be temporary closures of Jefferson at 26th and Washington at 26th for the New Student Walk/Convocation from the MU Quad down to Gill Coliseum starting at 3:30 p.m. (lasting about 20 minutes) and then again at 5 p.m. (lasting about 20 minutes) for the walk back up to the MU Quad.

Oak Creek: Due to the installation of a new kitchen sink, the industrial and domestic (hot and cold) water supply lines will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. today, and should end by noon.


Did anyone happen to catch the sunrise this morning? Until a bit after 7, the sun was Hawaiian Punch red, a brilliant start to the first day of Autumn. Today will be a blazing 95 degrees, with an overnight low of 53. Tomorrow will be 89.

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